Lewiston in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Freedom Crossing Monument
Lewiston, New York
The underground railroad was a secret network of trails and safe homes that enslaved African-Americans from the southern United States used to escape to Canada in the mid-1800s. The British Empire, including Canada, abolished slavery in 1834.
Lewiston was one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad and, despite breaking the law, many local residents volunteered to help the escapees reach freedom in Canada.
This monument depicts the moment in time when fugitive slaves saw Canada for the first time after traveling hundreds of treacherous miles, avoiding slave catchers who were paid to capture and return them to the south.
Handing the baby to the fugitive mother is Josiah Tryon (1798-1886), Lewiston's volunteer "Station Master" for the Underground Railroad. A man of simple means, Tryon was quiet, humble and religious. By secretly escorting escaping slaves to freedom in his rowboat under
With her outstretched arm pointing to canada, Laura Eastman is the iconic heroine in the historical fiction book, Freedom Crossing, which is read by thousands of elementary students throughout the United States every year. Laura has become a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over oppression. (Copyright 1980 by Margaret Goff Clark, by permission of Scholastic, Inc.)
Erected 2009 by Historical Association of Lewiston, Inc.
Location. 43° 10.409′ N, 79° 2.95′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Center Street west of North Water Street, on the right when traveling west. This historic marker is affixed to a large boulder, in a community park, that is located along the American shoreline of the Niagara River. It is situated along a park walkway that runs down towards the Niagara River, next to the actual "Freedom Crossing Monument.". Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lewiston NY 14092, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Freedom Crossing Monument (a few steps from this marker); The Battle of Queenston Heights (within The Battle of Queenston Heights (within shouting distance of this marker); Barton House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hennepin Park (approx. ¼ mile away); The Cibola Anchor (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kiwanians Promoting Peace (approx. 0.4 miles away); Little Yellow House - 1816 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewiston.
Also see . . .
1. Historic Lewiston, NY : Freedom Crossing. This is a link to information provided by Historical Association of Lewiston Inc. (Submitted on June 28, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Freedom Crossing Monument. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on June 28, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 493 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 28, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.